February 28 2023

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023 – Edition: #7427

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★ Hayden Panettiere has broken her silence on the death of her younger brother, Jansen, thanking everyone for their love and revealing his cause of death. In a statement to ABC News yesterday, the Panettiere family said: “Though it offers little solace, the Medical Examiner reported Jansen’s sudden passing was due to cardiomegaly (enlarged heart), coupled with aortic valve complications.” The 28-year-old was found dead in his apartment in the New York suberb of Nyack last weekend. According to a police report, his friends became alarmed after didn’t show up for a business meeting, and he was found unresponsive in a chair.
★ Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, baby. Netflix has released a first-look teaser for his new thriller series “Fubar,” out May 25. The spy adventure show, which will also star Monica Barbaro (“Top Gun: Maverick”), marks the “Terminator” actor’s first headlining TV series. The previously untitled action-comedy follows a father and daughter who learn that they’ve both secretly been working as CIA operatives for years. Realizing their entire relationship has been a lie, they’re forced to team up as partners. The 8-episode, hour-long show also features Jay Baruchel. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2thphh9h
-The Wrap
★ With the coronation of King Charles just 2 months away, reports are emerging that planners are having a difficult time lining up entertainment. A star-studded concert is being put together at Windsor Castle to follow the ceremony, but apparently, Elton John, the Spice Girls and Harry Styles have all been asked, and have all declined. It’s nothing personal, simply that the artists’ schedules are jam-packed. Other A-listers reported to have turned down the event include Ed Sheeran, Adele and Robbie Williams, although his former bandmates in Take That are in. Also confirmed to perform are Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lionel Richie, and organizers are still working to add to the event’s star power.
★ Netflix has teamed with The Pokémon Company on a stop-motion animated series marking 17 years since the release of the first Pokémon game. “Pokémon Concierge” will follow ‘Haru’, a concierge at the Pokémon Resort, and her interactions with the Pokémon and their owners who visit as guests. The stop-motion project was unveiled yesterday at Pokémon Day, coming 17 years after the first Pokémon game was released. LINK: https://youtu.be/tvgPiewDncQ
★ There are no plans to make a “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” movie with the original film stars, despite a viral rumor. A Warner spokesperson has debunked the claim, and it’s unlikely Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, or Emma Watson would want to play those roles again. Radcliffe, with a thriving post-Harry Potter career, has already said he’s not interested in going backward. On Feb. 15, it was reported that Warner is developing a film (or two) based on The Cursed Child due to the play’s popularity on stage in London. The spokesperson said that the report is “false”.
★ “Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong has hinted he is considering the prospect of a spin-off from his worldwide hit show. The British writer and show-runner has already confirmed that his comedy-drama will come to an end with the upcoming 4th season. The Guardian newspaper reports that Armstrong is musing about the possibilities of a separate show, potentially to follow one of his central characters, or to concentrate on one of the several main themes. So far, Succession has accrued 13 Emmy Awards, including two for Best Drama Series.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Courteney Cox, Ike Barinholtz
• “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Willem Dafoe, Marlon Wayans, Macklemore, Kelsey Cook
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Prince Harry, Martin McDonagh, Big Thief
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Rachel Brosnahan, Matthew Rhys, Francia Raisa, Atom Willard
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jamie Lee Curtis, Nate Bargatze, the Scarlet Opera
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Jennifer Aydin, Cirie Fields
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Samantha Bee, J. Ivy
•  “The Daily Show” (COM): Guest host Hasan Minhaj
• “The Talk”(CBS): Malin Akerman, Rob Corddry, Erinn Hayes
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Marlon Wayans, Wendi McLendon-Covey
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Brendan Fraser, Jenny Slate
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Gayle King, Brittany O’Grady, Nat Wolf
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): DJ Khaled, Diego Boneta
• “9-1-1: Lone Star” (Fox): Capt. Strand reveals he has been working with the FBI to bring down a terrorist group; the team responds to a bomb threat at the State Capitol.
• “The Rookie” (ABC): Now that Elijah and Abril are allies, the team must rely on Elijah’s lawyer to uncover their plans; Officers Nolan and Juarez reopen her sister’s case. Followed by “The Rookie: Feds”.
• “Homestead Rescue” (DSC): Season 10 premiere. The Raneys struggle to revive an inherited Wyoming homestead with a tragic legacy; Misty and Matt combine forces on one of their most ambitious builds.

• One Direction – Louis Tomlinson believes the group will reunite. In an interview, he revealed that he was “mortified” when the boy band broke up in 2015, but has no resentment. As for getting the group back together, he said that while it’s “hard to imagine right now…I’d be surprised if we lived out our lives and didn’t have a moment where we had a reunion…I’d be up for that.”
• BTS — J-Hope has taken the first step toward enlisting in South Korea’s military, becoming the second member of the group to undertake the country’s mandatory service. In a live video, he announced his new single ‘On the Street’, which drops Friday, and told fans that while the enlistment process has started, “It does not mean that I am enlisting immediately.”
• Jonas Brothers – have announced a 5-night Broadway residency. They’ll play the Marquis Theatre March 14-18, playing one of their albums in its entirety each night, alongside other hits from throughout their career.
• Def Leppard — Frontman Joe Elliott was hospitalized in Colombia with “moderate to severe altitude sickness” on Friday. The band was in Bogota for their Sat. show on their co-headlining world tour with Mötley Crüe. Despite Elliott’s illness, Saturday’s gig went ahead as planned.
• Pearl Jam – has announced a 25th anniversary reissue of their 1998 album “Yield”. It will be available in translucent red and black vinyl, and will ship this summer.  Also, the band’s “Give Way” concert film is being pressed on vinyl and CD for the first time for Record Store Day 2023.
• Neil Young – performed in front of an audience for the first time since 2019 Saturday, when he made a surprise appearance at an old-growth logging protest rally at the British Columbia legislature in Victoria. He performed ‘Comes A Time’, and ‘Heart of Gold’. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/mr6nsdps
• Tenille Townes and Bryan Adams — teamed up on the new duet ‘The Thing That Wrecks You’. She announced the song on social media with the caption: “I’m wrecked!!! Can not believe this song with @bryanadams is a real thing you guys… so wild it’s here” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/mptt335j
• Kane Brown – Not only will he co-host the 2023 CMT Music Awards with Kelsea Ballerini on April 2, he’ll also sing. His wife, Katelyn, will join him to perform their hit ‘Thank God’. Need even more Kane? He’ll make his acting debut on the new CBS drama “Fire Country” on April 7.
• Kip Moore — will release “Damn Love”, his first new album in 3 years, on April 28. He has already dropped the record’s reflective title track, which examines the unpredictable nature of love. LINK:  https://tinyurl.com/yj6ucyy8


For years, the term “Mommy-brain” has been used to describe the brain fog many moms say they experience during pregnancy and after. But despite how common it has become for moms-to-be (and moms) to be thought of as scattered or forgetful, a group of scientists now says the idea of “mommy brain” needs to be re-examined . . . and rebranded. Clare McCormack, Ph.D., a research assistant professor at NYU Langone Medical Center, says the term has become a self-fulfilling prophecy, where an expectant mom “might expect to experience fogginess and forgetfulness, so when an everyday moment of forgetfulness happens…it’s confirming what you thought you would see, and it can really become ingrained.” But she says no current research has conclusively pointed to the idea of “mommy brain”, and not enough research has been done on what exactly happens to the brain with pregnancy and motherhood.
(So…I suppose the term “Momnesia” isn’t much better?)
(OK. What’s MY excuse?)
-WashingtonPost, ABC

You pay for a monthly subscription for streaming services, pet food and even diapers. So why not restaurants? Many large chains like Panera and P.F. Chang’s and even local neighborhood diners are experimenting with the subscription model as a way to ensure steady business. Some are offering unlimited drinks or free delivery for a monthly fee, while others promise free appetizers with every visit. And why not? Stats show the average American consumer already pays for 6.7 subscriptions, up from 4.2 in 2019. One of the better-known restaurant subscriptions is offered by Taco Bell, whose $10 Taco Lover’s Pass, let subscribers get a taco every day for a month. It was introduced in January 2022 and again in October; and the chain is currently looking at ways to make it more valuable to consumers, such as offering faster service, or access to unique menu items.
(Oh, I can assure you…there’s nothing faster than Taco Bell!)
(What business should take the idea of a subscription and make it their own?)

I love this. An IT company in India has come up with an unusual way to ensure employees maintain a healthy work-life balance. It has created software that reminds them when their shift is up and it’s time to head home. Softgrid Computers’ software features a notification system that kicks in the moment an employee’s shift is over, warning them that “the office system will shut down in 10 minutes” and telling them to “please go home”. This comes as more research focuses on adverse effect of long working hours on the health and relationships of workers. One study showed that 55 or more hours a week can lead to a 35% higher risk of stroke, and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/mmef68k2
(Just think of the fun the office prankster could have with this!)
(We have that here, too. But it’s not software. It’s a CLOCK!)

☞ Visual and sounds effects affect your desire to gamble:  You know how when you walk into a casino all you hear is the constant ringing of bells and lights flashing all over the place? That’s to give you the false impression that everyone must be hitting the jackpot!
☞ They avoid the use of windows and doors to trick your perception of time: They don’t want clocks to remind you that you’ve been there for hours. And windows are distraction, and distractions waste casinos’ valuable revenue. (Plus, they’ve already got enough stuff to clean in there!)
☞ Slots are placed strategically:  Heavy traffic areas are ideal places for premium slots (the ones that attract the most players). These are often near the entrance or places that connect to other parts of the casino. Slots you see farther in the back are ones that get fewer wagers, but may give you the best odds to win. (Challenge accepted!)
☞ Slots don’t get hot or cold:  All slot machines use an algorithm to come up with the results or symbols landing on the reels for each spin. Slots being on a winning or losing streak is perhaps the most believed misconception or legend.
☞ Huge jackpots are often played across multiple casinos:  The reason the highest-paying Las Vegas casinos often have $1 million worth of jackpot prizes is due to their progressive slots that are linked to each other. Some even go as high as $10 million.
☞ Blackjack, Craps and Roulette have the best odds:  These games have the lowest house edge of 0.5% to 2.70%, in order. (The best odds…until I’m playing!)
☞ Most casino chips have a computer chip:  Many casinos use radio-frequency identification chips for various purposes, including security. Each RFID embedded chip allows casinos to track their chip’s movements.
☞ They can ban you if you win too much, too often:  Players who keep on winning and increasing their bankroll will get a visit from casino staff. They’ll deliver a polite warning that they cannot afford you and you’ll be asked to leave the gambling floor. Online casinos will do the digital equivalent (of taking their ball and going home!)
☞ Some players REALLY go for it:  Many dealers have seen players who wear adult diapers in order to keep playing for as long as possible. (But for those of us who DON’T wear a diaper – Who’s REALLY gambling?)

From the file marked: “Things you didn’t know you needed” comes this: Owners of 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-class vehicles might be able to whip off a TikTok video from inside their car, without even getting out their phones. That means dance moves could be possible using both hands, as long as the car is parked, according to Mercedes. Owners will also be able to participate in more on-brand activities, like business-related video meetings without having to open a laptop. Software in the car features a camera and enables the installation of apps like Zoom, Webex and TikTok without going through an intermediary like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. (Angry Birds, too?)


• “Tooth Fairy Day”, honoring the devious dental donor who leaves money under kids’ pillows for lost teeth. No one knows the origin for sure but there was a fairytale in 18th-century France about a ‘tooth mouse’ who hid under pillows. In 2022, parents….err…the Tooth Fairy left an average of $5.99 per tooth for kids in Canada. That means that for a full set of 20 baby teeth, kids are raking in about $120. (In the US, the average is $4.70.)
• “International Floral Design Day”, focusing on the art of flower arranging, both as a profession and as a hobby.
• “World Spay Day”, an annual campaign on the last Tuesday of February by the Humane Society to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats. LINK: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/spay_day
• “Rare Disease Day”, to raise awareness for rare diseases and improve access to treatment. A disease is defined as ‘rare’ in Europe when it affects less than 1-in-2000; and in the USA if it affects fewer than 200,000 in total.
• “Public Sleeping Day”, when you are encouraged to doze off in a public area, to draw attention to the fact that almost one-third of us sleep less than 6 hours a night. You may nap while riding on public transportation or on a bench in a park, at a library or a cafe, or any other public place. (Just don’t take off your shoes!)
• “International Repetitive Strain Injuries Awareness Day”, celebrated on Feb 29th in leap years (the only “non-repetitive” day of the year), and on the 28th in traditional years. While it takes a worker an average 47 days to recover from a broken bone, a worker suffering from an ‘RSI’, such as tendinitis or carpal tunnel syndrome, takes an average 52 days or 71 days, respectively.

[Wed] Pig Day
[Wed] Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
[Thurs] International Rescue Cat Day
[Fri] Employee Appreciation Day
This Week Is…Invasive Species Awareness Week
This Month Is…Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month

1940 [83] Mario Andretti, Montona Italy, retired race-car driver (1969 Indianapolis 500, 1978 Formula One World Champion)

1944 [79] Kelly Bishop, Colorado Springs CO, TV actress (‘Emily Gilmore’ on “The Gilmore Girls” 2000-07, “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” 2016)/movie actress (“Dirty Dancing”)

1957 [66] John Turturro, Brooklyn NY, movie actor (“Transformers” films, “The Batman”)/TV actor (“Monk” 2004-08, “Severance” since 2022)

1957 [66] Cindy Wilson, Athens GA, new wave-rock singer (B-52’s-‘Love Shack’, ‘Roam’)

1969 [54] Pat Monahan, Erie PA, pop-rock singer (Train-‘Hey, Soul Sister’, ‘Drops Of Jupiter’)

1973 [50] Eric Lindros, London ON, retired NHL player (Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars), Hockey Hall of Fame, 2016

1976 [47] Ali Larter, Cherry Hill NJ, movie actress (“Resident Evil” films, “Final Destination” films)/TV actress (“Heroes” 2006-10)

1977 [46] Jason Aldean (Williams), Macon GA, country singer (‘Burnin’ it Down’, ‘Dirt Road Anthem’)

1983 [40] The final episode of “M*A*S*H” airs; a record 125 million watch in the US (still the most-watched TV series episode in history)

1998 [25] Pamela Anderson divorces Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee after 3 years of marriage

1984 [39] Michael Jackson is the big winner at the Grammys, winning 8 trophies, including Album of the Year for “Thriller” and Record of the Year for ‘Beat It’.

1998 [25] Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’, from the movie “Titanic”, goes to #1 in the US, joining the soundtrack and the movie at #1 on their respective charts

2016 [07] At the Oscars, Lady Gaga performs ‘Til It Happens To You’ joined by a group of sexual assault survivors, but the “Best Song” Oscar goes to Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s On the Wall’

2013 [10] A neuro-scientist at Duke University announces he has successfully connected the brains of 2 rats in such a way that they can share information


✓ Feb. 29, or leap day, is officially called “Bissextile Day”.
✓ Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.
✓ Of the 70% of water covering the Earth, only 3% is fresh, and the other 97% is salt water.
✓ Humans cannot walk in a straight line without a visual point – When blindfolded, we gradually walk in a circle.
✓ Frogs sometimes eat enough fireflies that they themselves glow.
✓ In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
-Owlcation, TheFactSite

Best of BS . . .

• Fully one-third of the team accidentally brought golf clubs instead of a baseball bat.
• You find a copy of ‘Baseball For Dummies’ in the locker room.
• Someone replaced gum and chewing tobacco with Tide pods.
• Every fan in the lineup asking for their breast to be autographed is a man.
• Your team has more DUIs than RBIs.
• ‘Jobu’ isn’t helping you hit the curve.
• Your cup was made by ‘Dixie’.
• Your star slugger struck out on an intentional walk.
• You play for Washington.
• There’s a lot of crying.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2018

➠ A possible Tornado warning in New Jersey this past week. (Thank Gawd for Netflix! All the kids are in the basement anyway!)
➠ A 99-year-old man and 98-year-old woman from Baltimore just celebrated 80 years of marriage.  (They’re a match made in almost-heaven!)
➠ A nutritionist claims that pizza is better for breakfast than most cereals. (Yeah, but it tastes horrible in milk…)
➠ Researchers say men are 3 times more likely to be the first to say “I love you” than women are. (In our defense, ladies: we don’t really mean it…)
➠ A study links obesity to poor memory. (Specifically, you forget to exercise…!)

On purpose or nah?   https://tinyurl.com/y5mysrma


I think my wife is really mad at me. She barely touched my fries at dinner.

What is your significant other’s weird eating habit?

Question:  68% of pet owners have done THIS for their pet. What is it?
Answer:  Signed their name on a greeting card

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.


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